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From the Author

When Ruth locates the daughter she gave up at birth, she learns her daughter has run away. She has to find her before something terrible happens to her, and without her husband finding out that, because of this child, she deprived him of the son he always wanted. But even if she does find her, will her daughter reject her? And what will it do to her marriage? And how will she be able to help Kim, the teenage assistant she has become so fond of, who is pregnant at nineteen just as she was?

About the Author

Wells Earl Draughon is the author of the novels Always, Traci, and Lies. He studied writing at Duke, UNC/Chapel Hill and Harvard Summer School and has published articles in a number of journals. Born in Durham, NC, he now lives in the Boston area.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (March 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595271111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595271115
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,227,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I first began reading "Heather" by Wells Earl Draughon, I was immediately 'sucked up' into the plight of his protagonist, Ruth. The realism that Draughon vividly creates in both his characters and their environment is impressive. (Being from New England, I can attest that although a work of fiction, his descriptions of the Boston area, weather, etc., are terrifically real, giving the reader an accurate 'feel' for the region.)
As the story progressed, with it's twists and turns, I became engrossed in the story, wanting to find out the 'whys, hows, and whos'. Draughon's additional characters possess the same realism as his protagonist, and I was equally impressed with his ability to make me feel like these were ordinary people, caught up in extraordinary circumstances.
I don't recall any 'slow spots' in the story. As a matter of fact, it only picked up in its intensity the further I got into the book.
Heather is a story about people, trust, broken trust, relationships, the dynamics which make up family-both conventional and non, the very real and often controversial issues that we're faced with, and the consequences of choices we made yesterday, living with and often eating us up, today. It is a wonderfully told story of inner conflict and ultimate resolution, not only with Ruth, the story's main character, but with the other major players in this captivating story. Without divulging too much, Draughon's twist ending is to be commended, as it not only surprised me, but left me with a feeling of hope and an appreciation for great story writing.
I'd recommend "Heather" highly.
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Format: Paperback
You'll laugh and you'll cry as you follow the path of Ruth, a woman who gave up her illegitimate baby at the age of nineteen. Years later, she's decided to try and find her daughter. After she learns Heather has left her adoptive parents' home, Ruth scours the streets of first New York, and then Boston, following her own similar path when she had run away from home all those years ago. Ruth's marriage is in shambles once she confesses the truth of Heather to her husband, Jack, with whom she's refused to have children. At this point in the story, I truly felt there was no way Jack would forgive Ruth, who selfishly kept the truth away from him while she fought her own inner demons and her guilt about giving up her baby.
But once Ruth and Heather are united everything becomes right in their world. Soon Heather will have her own baby, and Ruth and Jack will be grandparents.
This story hit me hard; right in the gut. I felt every bit of Ruth's pain, and Jack's anger and sadness. Delving deep inside Ruth one can see how traumatized she'd been for years at the loss of her only child. But the sadness and anger were warranted, and the book well worth reading to the end, where the sun finally shines down on Ruth, Jack and Heather.
Not only is this a one-night read story, I was absolutely impressed by the fact that if I hadn't known a man had written HEATHER, I would have thought it had been written by a woman. Bravo, Mr. Draughon!
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Format: Paperback
I loved this story! It shows how a mother's love lives on in her even when she gives up her baby for adoption years ago, and how it moves her to seek to be reunited with her baby. This story and these people are very real, and I know a lot of women have lived through this, but even if you haven't you'll love experiencing it the way a woman does who's been through it.
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Don't bother with this book unless you want to read a novel worthy of a daytime soap opera. There's nothing but melodrama here. The characters' cookie cutter emotions end up reassuring readers rather than transporting them to a place where they stand to gain a deeper understanding of human life and its complexities.
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